Fine. Just don't do it the way Clive Barker does. Sometimes he introduces the main character a couple of hundred or so pages in. Kinda annoying because the character in the previous pages just dropped out of sight.
I think it's fine. 8D Heck, you could probably focus on the villains for half a story before coming across a hero that'll get rid'a them. The reverse happens plenty often too.
I just hope it's not that kinda cliche thing where a story focuses on some scene where the viewer has no idea what's happening or who's who, and it's all basically just stuff that won't make sense until later - and theeeeen the next part has a proper introduction and story. 8D
How do you think your story might suffer as a result of not introducing the main character in the very first chapter?
I ask this both as a reminder that, actually, it doesn't necessarily matter, and as a serious question to consider. I wouldn't usually think of this a problem, but if you're only following this character ("third person specific," as *NobleQueenOfLothaire described) then readers may wonder why the first chapter followed different characters. It doesn't sound like you're planning to do that, but it's the sort of thing that might be an issue.
Personally, I prefer books that set up the world before introducing characters. You know those books with three chapters explaining history and technology before they even start to get somewhere within sight of the story? Yeah, that's what I like. In fact, there are a ton of books that I have read through the part where they build the world...then gotten bored with the characters and never finished reading.
If you want it to be a fast, easy read, then stick the main character right up there in the beginning.
If you're writing something more complex, where you want the reader to be absorbed in your world rather than interested in one character, then you can wait to introduce them.
Alright....It is never a good idea to tell us everything about the setting in the first chapter...the fun part of reading is gradually learning more about the information, set and characters. It also depends on how you are Narrating the story. There are three types of third person narration.
1. Third person specific where we rely on information given from one person (Main character)
2. Third Person Alternating, where information is given from multiple main characters. This type usually leaves out the small characters.
3. Third person omnipotent where information can be given from the hobo on the side of the road. This isn't really popular.
Now if your main character is going to be the primary source of information and action then he/she needs to be introduced in the first chapter. If other characters are going to reveal information where the main character isn't going to be present then yes you can wait till the 2nd chapter.